John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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What About the Beach? [artwork]

I dunno what it is with me and beaches. Although Virginia Beach is a well-known and popular spot at such things go, I've never been a beachgoing kind of guy. I don't like the sun or the summer as a general rule, and every day that I refrain from going out in public in a swimsuit is another service I've performed mankind. In the words of Woody Allen, "I'm red-headed and fair-skinned. I don't tan. I stroke." Going to the beach, as an activity, is never something I've really done willingly.

But, for some peculiar reason, I really seem to enjoy drawing beachscapes; maybe it's the eye-candy factor, but I don't think that's all there is to it. I think there's a kind of unreality about the beach that lifts it out of mundane experience. Sure, there are people who live and work in beach communities, but for most people, the beach is a vacation from the dreary grounding of everyday reality. That's probably why beaches are associated with romance. Nothing at the beach quite seems "real," so therefore the people you meet at the beach are a little more attractive than they would be "in real life." And if that hottie you meet at the beach has to go home to somewhere far away, well then you get all the poignancy of separation and being fated to be apart -- so get in all the snugglebunnies you can before vacation's over! Or something like that.

So anyway, since I seem to have a thing for beach-themed art, I have been working on the idea of an eventual art portfolio on the theme of "fun at the beach," which would include things like The Jellyfish Incident. And you may remember, last Friday I was looking for ideas about what to sketch, and had requests for a jaguar and a black panther ... so I decided to combine all of that into one picture...

So a jaguar and a black panther are headed for the beach, when...

NOTE: That is a rat, not Ramses. ;)

I don't know if I'm going to finish this one; I've been chipping away at it for days and the composition just isn't as strong as I would like it to be. That's largely because I didn't have a real idea when I started, I was just noodling around on the paper until something came out. But even if this one does get resigned to the sock drawer of history, I thought folks might enjoy seeing it in the rough.

What do you think?

-The Gneech
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